That’s a wrap, 6 murder suspects decide who is guilty in front of a live lounge bar audience

David J Rodger’s globally selling Murder Mystery game, At Sharky Point, got a public airing this month at the Brigstow Lounge

Murder At Sharky Point is a Mystery Dinner Party Game written by David J Rodger - it was played to a live audience at Brigstow Lounge December 2014

Murder At Sharky Point ¦ December 2014 @ Brigstow Lounge

This was great fun.  I normally run this murder mystery as a dinner party game for friends, or friends of friends, at someone’s house or other. I’ve done it a few times now and it is always a huge success.  This time I thought I would make it more of a social event, so organised the game through Natasha who owns the Brigstow Lounge on Bristol’s historic harbour.  Six peoples, most of them folks I’ve only recently met and absolute strangers to each other, gathered at 6.30pm, half an hour before the advertised start time. This was to give the players time to read through their player packs – a narrative broken down into time segments that tells each player where their character was, at certain moments, between the hour of 9pm and 10pm – which is when the murder of Dr Black took place.

More importantly, the player packs tells a player if they are the murderer (or one of the murderers!) – as well as documenting who they saw, where, and when, during this critical hour.

The lounge bar was quiet but just before 7pm people started to arrive, ordering drinks and settling down to observe. The players were understandably apprehensive. Pre-game nerves. There is often a sense of being involved in an examination or being under scrutiny when you engage with a murder mystery like this.  If you’re hosting such a murder mystery, then take this into account and go with it.

The game begins with the host (but this can be the Special Agent in Charge) reading the introduction which explains how the body of Dr Black was discovered around 10pm, the circumstances and condition of the body, and the state in which some player characters have been found. They have less than an hour to solve the crime.

The questioning then begins.

Having a time limit is really vital as it maintains a pressure and keeps the game from devolving into lots of freestyle waffle.

Naturally, at the beginning, the questions were wooden and a little slow to form, and player responses were stilted and uncertain. But within a few minutes, as players got used to the fact they had all the information they needed at their fingertips – they do not have to LEARN the contents of the player packs but can simply PAUSE and look through them – the pace really began to pick up. I’ve seen this happen every time.  Then, as players settle into the role of their character, they begin to take umbrage at the accusations or even start to weave lies with confidence. It’s rather wonderful to observe.

Lots of laughs from the audience who were delighted to be able to sit back with a drink, relax, and have a mystery unfolding before them.

As the time limit expired, I had each player character stand up and make final accusations or declarations of innocence, and then gave the audience a chance to vote for who they believed the guilty character(s) was. This was brilliant fun and provided a lot of laughs and interaction with the audience shouting their views across the lounge.

At the end, the player(s) with the most votes against them, were left standing and declared to be found GUILTY.

Then each player was given the chance to stand and tell their version of what REALLY happened. The truth spills out to much ooos and ahhhs from audience members. Really good to observe.

Science Fiction Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger directs the audience who are watching the solving of a murder mystery unfold

Science Fiction Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger directs the audience as the murder mystery unfolds

The Pre-Game Prep

30 minutes of furious reading…

Ms Carleti gets into character - Sharky Point, a Murder Mystery and Dinner Party Game written by David J Rodger

Ms Carleti gets into character

The player characters

Murder At Sharky Point - Special Agent in Charge - can he get to the facts beyond the lies

Special Agent in Charge kicks off with tough questions

Murder At Sharky Point - Colonel Farquar a serving veteran and trained to kill

Colonel Farquar a serving veteran and trained to kill

Murder At Sharky Point - Ms Kovit - The Housekeeper and Cook

Ms Kovit, housekeeper and keeper of many secrets

Murder At Sharky Point - Professor Drum - smug and infinitely dangerous

Professor Drum – smug, flash and infinitely dangerous

Murder At Sharky Point - Reverend Malty - What Secrets Lurk Behind the Gentle Mask

Reverend Malty – What Secrets Lurk Behind the Gentle Mask?

Ms Eldrich has pearls - alongside David J Rodger author of Murder at Sharky Point

Ms Eldrich – pearls, passion and patronizing gossip + Djr

Ms Carleti alongside David J Rodger creator of the Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game - At Sharky Point

Ms Carleti – glamour and scandal on a celebrity scale + Djr

 The Audience Observe

At Sharky Point is a murder mystery  watched by a public audience at Brigstow Lounge

Audience

At Sharky Point was played in front of non participants who were given a chance to guess who the murderer was at the end

Audience

The Game is Afoot

David J Rodger delivers the horror of the murder that has taken place At Sharky Point

David J Rodger delivers the horror of the murder that has taken place

Murder At Sharky Point - Professor Drum is a smooth operator

Professor Drum is a smooth operator

Murder At Sharky Point - Ms Kovit and Reverend Malty enjoy the suffering of the other players

Ms Kovit and Reverend Malty enjoy the suffering of the other players

Murder At Sharky Point - Ms Carleti demonstrates she is not to be crossed

Ms Carleti demonstrates she is not to be crossed

Murder At Sharky Point - The Thick Plottens - Colonel Farquar and Ms Eldrich

The Thick Plottens – Colonel Farquar and Ms Eldrich

That’s a Wrap

The Cook and David J Rodger - Murder at Sharky Point - a dinner party game

The Cook and David J Rodger

Professor Drum and Science Fiction Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger - Murder At Sharky Point

Chris Halliday is Professor Drum, with David J Rodger

public guests watch Murder At Sharky Point - a dinner party game written by David J Rodger

People were buzzing afterwards

Hagen Landsem photographing scenes and characters from Murder At Sharky Point

Hagen Landsem photographing scenes and characters from Murder At Sharky Point

Video

Previous Happy Customers

I’ve always been a fan of mystery games and books, I own the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes and read it rather often, but before I played this I never had the opportunity to participate in a real Murder Mystery Party, so when I got invited I was quite the happy person!  Aside of being ever so slightly, okay maybe more then slightly, nervous about the whole idea it was easily one of the funnest parties I have ever been to! Especially once things really got rolling and the accusations started flying!  Practice your short hand people cause you gotta write rather quickly when everyone is at each others throats!  The player packet is detailed and lines everything out wonderfully with lots of twists and surprises in there that caught me by such surprise my jaw must have dropped a few times.  I loved playing and hope to play again and again! Definitely one to add to the game shelf, or bookshelf as it were. Thanks so much for writing and making this available for us Mr. Rodger! I look forward to any more you do in the future!
– Andrew Corrieri, Arizona – US

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